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ERTL Thomas & Friends: Gordons Special Coach

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Manufacturer: ERTL / Type: Passenger Car

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      18.08.2010 22:49
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      A nice Thomas coach duo

      Our little ERTL Thomas & Friends set of Gordons Special Coaches, came in a simple plastic fronted pack, with a slim cardboard backing piece. The pack was in the usual light blue and yellow colour way, with a hint of red to highlight it and shows Thomas the Tank Engine on the top of the pack. They were not listed on Dooyoo, but they have now been added as a product so I can share my thoughts on them.

      We paid £3.99 for the little set of two coaches, which is very good value for the two items. When you think that each little coach worked out at around £2, that seems a more than fair price for them. In terms of what you might expect to pay now, a figure of between £5.99 to £7.99 would be about right. I feel thats still a good price for these two lovely coaches.

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      The coaches are a little different from each other in design and decoration which is nice, as it adds more variety to your array of carriages and coaches. If you have as many of the Ertl die cast engines as we do, you do need a good selection of these for your engines to pull along.

      One of the coaches has an off white roof, with a coach body made up of a mid wood brown with a red coloured horizontal line along it. It has a series of 11 little windows on each side, but unlike our Bertie the Bus there are no passengers in the seats or looking out the windows, which is a bit of a shame.

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      The other coach has a mid grey roof and a main body which is a mid ginger brown in colour. Again there are a number of windows, but no one looking out from them. I feel it would have been nicer if there had been images of little people sat there, as it would have made the coaches seem more alive and real.

      Both coaches have a series of fittings at the back and front which enable you to attach them either to each other, or to an Ertl die cast engine. The wheels of both coaches are set in little pairs and you get 2 sets of each pairs, on each end of the coaches.

      Each wheel is held on by a set of slim wires and the way the wheels are set on to the coaches means that you can turn quite a tight circle, even though the body of the coaches is rather long. This means that you can use the little coaches on some of the curved solid based train tracks, which makes for more realistic role play.

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      We have found that the coaches are great fun to play with. They can easily be pushed or pulled along on flat surfaces, but do struggle on thicker pile rugs and carpets.

      As we have used them on 2 short pile carpet play mats, I can say that they work ok on that type of surface too, but don't run on as far without a little more effort. They look really nice when hooked up behind the little Ertl Thomas engines we have and have stood the test of time, by remaining in good condition, even though they have been played with time and time again.

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      In terms of rating the little coaches, I feel that they are worthy of a 4 star rating. I would have given them an extra star had they shown some form of life, by having little images of people travelling in them sat at the windows. Lots of children have played with these and commented that there is no one on either coach, so I do feel this makes a difference in a childs mind.

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